There is always something for students to take part in at our centre, with events, workshops, and opportunities for career growth happening all the time. From Fused Glass workshops, to our free Wildcard Wednesdays, and even world-class Exhibitions – there is always something to inspire you. Why not explore our opportunities below while enjoying our multi-use spaces between studying.
Four painting brushes in the pocket of a paint stained apron.

Opportunities and Inclusion Fund

9 January – 28 April 2023

We want everyone to have access to the arts, which is why we have collaborated with the University of Leicester, Students Union and Student Support Services to be a part of the Opportunities and Inclusion Fund.

The fund aims to provide UoL students with additional financial support to engage with arts-based courses and workshops at Attenborough Arts Centre taught by professional artists in a range of art forms. The funding will be awarded at a maximum of £500 per individual, to gain the opportunity to undertake one of our incredible Spring courses including pottery, dance, life drawing, painting, crochet and more.

To learn more and apply, click the link below.

Note that this opportunity is only available for students at the University of Leicester.

Wildcard Wednesday

Every Wednesday, 6pm – 8pm
Every Wednesday we host a different craft workshop, but the trick is: it is a surprise what you will be doing. Jewellery making, ceramics, watercolour painting – you never know what you will be doing next! Plus, it is totally free.

Music Scholarships

 The University of Leicester has a long-established relationship with the renowned Philharmonia Orchestra. As part of this arrangement, we are able to offer this scholarship under which talented student musicians receive one-on-one training from members of the Philharmonia.

Independent Life Drawing

Every Wednesday, 6pm – 8pm
Want to practice life drawing in a supportive space? Then this is for you. An open class designed to develop your skills that we recommend booking in advance. In this class we can only guarantee newsprint, so please bring your drawing materials.


Want an enthralling sensory experience? Then our theatre and performances are perfect for you. We’re proud to host evenings with celebrated authors, live music, glamorous burlesque shows, and theatre shows. With tickets as low as £4 with a valid NUS card, it won’t break the bank either.

Creative Courses

We offer a wide range of fun creative courses that provide a creative release when not studying or in class. From Tango classes, to Calligraphy, to Adventures in Art: with classes from as low as £5, there’s something for everyone.


We curate four free-to-access gallery spaces hosting a wide range of art pieces from artists all around the world from across the spectrum of artistic disciplines. Always free, always open for all.

Spaces For You

We proudly have four galleries that provide free exhibitions as well as a place for some down time. Our café serves delicious cake and even better coffee, whereas our tranquil garden fuels your inner peace. Or, maybe you’re looking for a space to study or socialise, like in our Salmon Gallery – a space for free use with tables, chairs and beanbags. There’s so much at our centre we promise you’ll be back for more.